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      (IMPORTANT) What's next for our community   03/24/2016

      Today we're excited to announce the start of our new Facebook group: Universal Community by Orlando Informer. We're also announcing we're closing our forums. This is probably the hardest decision I've made so far with Orlando Informer. This week marks the 2nd anniversary of our forums. Monday will mark 2 years from when I first applied to work with Orlando Informer. I was entering a pool of over 50 applicants, didn't meet the requirements, and didn't think the odds were very high that I'd get the position of Forum Moderator. It never even crossed my mind that not only would I get the position, but that position and these forums would be the start of being able to do what I love as a fulltime job. At its core, our forums have always had two goals: A ) Help families receive specific answers to specific questions, feedback from folks who have been in their shoes, and help them maximize their investment into their vacation. B ) Build a community of people who love to visit Universal, with a foundation of respect and tolerance. I can speak for our entire team on our forums (both past and present), especially our Community Manager @Chuck Plagmann, when I say that we have devoted hours of time every day of the year working towards these two goals. We feel that we've made major strides towards both of our goals, but see the opportunity to help a significantly greater amount of people plan their vacation and add on to our established (and amazing) community. Unfortunately, as time goes on, forums like ours have a tendency to slow down and be replaced by social media. It's the cycle of life for forums. We believe that this Facebook group is the logical next step for our community. Our forums and the content within will remain browseable for the foreseeable future, however you will not be able to submit new content. Our Facebook group, Universal Community by Orlando Informer, will be curated by our same team that ran the OI Forums. @Chuck Plagmann and I will be on the group daily to provide insight and help families plan their vacation. @debi will be monitoring for any Special Needs questions. Our (very talented) authors, like @Marc N. Kleinhenz, will be on the group to talk about their latest articles and your feedback. Finally, @Park Beast will even be dropping by from time to time to talk about our weekly podcast. You can access our Facebook group by searching "Universal Community by Orlando Informer" or visiting UOR.community from any webbrowser. We know this is a substantial change from our forums, but are hopeful you'll be willing to give it a shot. Additionally, we're launching a Facebook group for Universal Hollywood: "Universal Community by California Informer" or visit USH.community. This is the end of the forums, but it is just the beginning of our community. One thing we consistently hear from members of our forums is how different our community is from some of the others found online. We are committed to maintaining this reputation in our Facebook group. I have met a countless number of people, many I call friends, from our OI Forums. I know real bonds (and even relationships) have resulted from the time spent on these forums. I'm looking forward to seeing these bonds develop and new ones form on our new outlet. Please know that this decision was not made lightly or without considering the amount of time many of you have spent on here. I fully believe this is the next step forward to growing our community and helping as many people as possible have the best trip to Universal. I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone for many years to come. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with feedback -- taylor [at] orlandoinformer.com See you on the Facebook Group, Taylor P.S., Unlimited likes on Facebook, you can thank me in advance.

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  1. May 2016 - OI Meetup & Special Event.

    Just curious.....Is there a calendar for this amazing meetup anywhere listingthe OI forum peeps that are attending? Asking for a friend.
  2. Stay & Scream: More than one night?

    I'd like to try and help clarify this hopefully. I believe you are simply justconfusing some terminology. If the days you use your regular two day P2P park tickets (let's useOct 7 and 8 as an example) fall on a HHN night (which the 7th and 8th are) and you have added a HHN ticket for both nights.....then you are all good. There is no such thing as "buying" a stay and scream. You simply enter the park any time before they kick outthe regular day guest with no HHN add on ticket and choose which Stay and Scream spot you wish to wait in. You can do this for each and every night of HHN as long as you have a day ticket and a HHN ticket for that night. For example....last year, I attended HHNon 5 different nights and would get to the park around 4pm or so and use my AP (day ticket) to get in and then meet up with my gang at whichever location we chose to SnS that particular evening. This is the same exact method as @Chuck Plagmannmentioned above and Idid thiseach of the 5 nights I went (along with Chuck since most the time we were together, lol). So simply: Buy a 2-day Park to Park ticket to use (for example) Oct. 7th and 8th. Buy the add-on HHN tickets for both Oct.7th and 8th. You need nothing more to Stay and Scream for BOTH of thosenights. Hope this helps. P.S. The reason the rep on the phone could not do this is because tickets are not for sale yet and I am assuming that particular rep may not be well versed in how HHN Stay and Scream works.
  3. September 2016 - Who's up for it.

    Wow, it's only mid-March and I am really liking the way this calendar is filling up!!! I have also heard some really good news about some other OI peeps that their plans seem to be coming together and I am sure we will see their names added to the calendar soon! And with no pressure intended, I am still holding on tohope on a few others that keep using words like "only if" "and "probably not" and "it's doubtful" but still asking questions about other people's plans. Sorry, but until someone says "I am definitely not coming!" I will continue to count you as a maybe! For those "on the fence" whohave never been to HHN or haven't attendeda#OIMeetUp in person.....trust me when I say....You WILL have the time of your life and meet some of the BEST people in the world! Hope to see you added to the list!
  4. The "Good Morning" Project

    Good morning OI. Just wanted to reach out to our Belgian friends, especially @Elcolonel78and@ATCBelgiumand hope and prayfor their safety, and that of their family and friends,during the continuingterrorist threat and attacks today on Brussels. Both Steven and Frauke have reached out on social media to confirm that they are okay this morning.
  5. No ma'am.......just good at the resort itself.
  6. The OI Forums at 2

    @Chuck PlagmannI can honestly say the pleasure has been all mine, along with the dozens of the rest of you guys that I proudly call my friends. It is so weird to think that it's been almost two years since I actually met so many of you great people on the forums and also in person! I truly consider quite a few of you very close friends! It would take forever to name each and every one of you, but you know who you are!Congratulations and many thanks to the Orlando Informer community, especially Mr. Chuck and@Taylor Stricklandfor all the support and effort provided to the forums and the official and even unofficial park meet ups! I am sure the best is yet to come.
  7. DaddyO and Cissa's Mardi Gras Weekends!

    I'm a sucker for these trip reports!!! They are all sooooo great.....and this one does not disappoint! No clue how you guys remember all the details, I forget so much stuff until I see pics and videos.........maybe it's the booze???? LOL......kidding!!!
  8. This is a video from Kyle at ViewFromTheCheapSeats posted about a week ago. The first 25-30 seconds is footage from theconstructionoverthere at Sapphire Falls. To check it out clickHERE.
  9. September 2016 - Who's up for it.

    Awww, c'mon! The ONE time I don't stay there! Soooooo mean.
  10. Hey Synn.... I am assuming the 35% off deal is the Stay More, Save More discount during Regular and Value Season. No code is needed. The way that it works is dependent on how long you stay. Ibelieveit is 10% off for stays of 3 nights, 20% off for 4nights, 25% off for 5-6 nights, and 35% off for stays of 7 or more nights. I don't think anyone is really sure yet on how they will handle the $150 food credit yet, but if I had to guess I would say it is tied into your room key. This hotel opens on 7/14/2016. Right now the policy is the same as the other on site properties, Check In is 4pm and Check Out is 11am. But just like the other properties, I am sure these times can vary depending onavailability. There have been times that we were able to check into Cabana Bay as early as 9am! Hope this info helps! Have a great time!
  11. March 5 2016 Mardi Gras Meet up

    Well you know as well as I do that if they allowed it.......we woulda had it!!! LOL
  12. March 5 2016 Mardi Gras Meet up

    How come every single picture of me has me drinking booze, trying new booze, pictures of booze, posing with booze......where are all the pictures of me doing something other thandrinking @Chuck Plagmann?????
  13. Halloween Horror Nights 2016

    A "few less beers" at HHN??? I'm sorry, but this just does not compute. I mean.........HHN.......less beer......and you're Scottish........I feel like something is very wrong here! Next thing you will be saying that you are against blinky cups! Sheeesh! Oh......welcome to the forums, by the way. ;-)
  14. Lainie & Marty's Walker Stalker London Trip

    TOTALLY read this in Lainey's and Marty's voices! Oh F#%& Aye!
  15. Yup......those are the hub pics that you have been seeing. While I have faith that Universal will adapt it's security processes due to the crowdsduring Harry Potter weekend, I'm not risking it. You are very welcome for the info and don't worry about not making it to HHN after all the RUM, I, and the other OI Linebackers,will be there and help get you through the houses! You got that right HPTR, Joe, Paul, George, Mike!!! Boo!